Category Archives: Budget Industry

Australia Needs Nuclear Sub for 'Regional Superiority' Defense Minister Says; More U.S. Forces Will Operate in Australia in the Future

Australia Needs Nuclear Sub for ‘Regional Superiority’ Defense Minister Says; More U.S. Forces Will Operate in Australia in the Future

USS Vermont (SSN-792) transits the Thames River while conducting routine operations on Oct. 15, 2020. US Navy Photo

Australia’s defense minister said his country entered a new trilateral agreement with the United States and the United Kingdom because “we needed a nuclear-powered submarine for regional superiority,” adding more American deployments of forces, “aircraft of all types” and providing logistical and sustainment facilities for U.S. Navy ships can be expected in the future. Read More

French Attack Boat Design, Costs Opened Door to Nuclear Australian Sub Says Expert

French Attack Boat Design, Costs Opened Door to Nuclear Australian Sub Says Expert

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Proposed Attack-class submarine for the Australian Navy. DCNS Photo

AUCKLAND, New Zealand — Australia’s surprise move to procure nuclear-powered submarines (SSNs) with U.S. and U.K. follows difficulties the country has experienced on its SEA 1000 Attack-class future submarine program and the realization that a conventionally powered submarine (SSK) will not meet its future needs, a regional defense expert told USNI News. Read More

MQ-25A Refuels F-35C Joint Strike Fighter Over Illinois

MQ-25A Refuels F-35C Joint Strike Fighter Over Illinois

An MQ-25 test asset, known as T1, conducts its first aerial refueling test flight with an F-35C Lightning II Sept. 13, 2021 near MidAmerica St. Louis Airport in Mascoutah, Illinois. Boeing Photo

The Boeing prototype MQ-25A T1 unmanned carrier tanker refueled an F-35C Lighting II Joint Strike Fighter as part of early testing for the program, Naval Air Systems Command announced on Tuesday. Read More

Essex Amphibious Ready Group Now in Middle East, Iwo Jima ARG Heading Home

Essex Amphibious Ready Group Now in Middle East, Iwo Jima ARG Heading Home

Sailors render honors to the Wasp-class amphibious assault ship USS Essex (LHD-2) from the flight deck of the Freedom-variant littoral combat ship USS Freedom (LCS-1) on April 12, 2021. US Navy Photo

The Essex Amphibious Ready Group entered the U.S. 5th Fleet after quietly deploying from California last month, Navy officials confirmed to USNI News on Monday. Read More

Japanese Military Spots Chinese Sub Near Southern Islands

Japanese Military Spots Chinese Sub Near Southern Islands

Song-class submarines of China’s People’s Liberation Army Navy (PLAN).

KUALA LUMPUR – The Japanese Ministry of Defense detected a Chinese submarine operating in the contiguous zone of Japan’s southern islands, they announced in a Sept. 12 press release, and the Japan Maritime Self Defense Force (JMSDF) air and naval units are maintaining surveillance on the submarine. Read More

U.K. Royal Marines Want to Acquire Autonomous Hybrid Surface, Subsurface Stealth Vessel

U.K. Royal Marines Want to Acquire Autonomous Hybrid Surface, Subsurface Stealth Vessel

Concept illustration for a shipping container-sized underwater H I Sutton Illustration

Britain’s Ministry of Defense (MoD) has issued a pre-procurement notice for a unique type of vessel to help the Royal Marine Commandos. The document outlines an ‘uncrewed surface and subsurface vessel’ (USSV). The vessel must be multi-payload, have a low signature, and long endurance, according to the notice. Read More